Saint Louis University's Ignatian Service minor (iServe@SLU) is a cross-disciplinary program that focuses on the integration of reflection, leadership, professional formation, and community engagement through project based service-learning that challenges students to help transform STL city while the city transforms their education.
The minor's three required courses examine the Jesuit tradition, Ignatian Spirituality and Servant Leadership, and professional and vocation discernment. Service-site selection and academic advising requires that students begin the minor with the required SERV 1000. After working at a service site, students become “servant leaders” who help coordinate the project based learning among the various partnering service sites as part of SERV 3000 Servant Leadership: Education as Formation (3 cr). The capstone helps students imagine their “mission after SLU” via SERV 4960 Capstone: My Ignatian Mission Beyond SLU: Discernment and Vocation (3 cr).
Since this minor is cross-disciplinary, no student can complete the minor without taking elective coursework in more than one department. All eligible elective courses meet two criteria. Electives must fulfill at least two of the five learning outcomes of the Ignatian Service minor and require at least 25 hours of service-learning as an academic part of the syllabus.